1 - A mobile phone operator in the United States of America. Currently for voice operates GSM 850
and 1900 service, with a larger 850 footprint
also offers D-AMPS TDMA
and AMPS analogue capability, although thse networks will be turned off in 2008. 3g UMTS, for example is the next evolution of their network - relying on W-CDMA in conjunction with the GSM associations specifications on the UMTS standard.
The company aquired AT&T Wirelss in 2004, thus posessing a substantially larger tower-base than they had previously.
Cingiuar Wireless has roaming aggreements with T-Mobile, but only for T-Mobile customers to access the Cingular network. Currently, Cingular wireless seem to be a "love it or hate it" mobile operator
: Many blindly love it, many blindly hate it because they aren't willing to spend more than five minutes to solve a problem, or are in an area with poor coverage to begin with. And wonder why their mobiles do not work well.
Like its competitors, Cingular is consistently slandered
by users who expect a mobile phone to be 100% crystal-clear at all times, with no dropped calls, no digital garble
, and the realiability of a land line mobile. Yet, with over 50 million subscribers, it seems to maintain the largest footprint in the US.
a - My Cingular
mobile seems to allow me to actually use OBEX
file transfer. What? What do you mean your Verizon is crippled?
b - I get reception in the basement of my house with Verizon, but not Cingular.
c - Cingular sucks! This seems to be a phrase that is repeated by people who have never even used the service in the North East...
d - Cingular is the best! They rock my socks off
! Fanboyism, perhaps?